Posted by tac_admin, December 19, 2012

Navigating a BA Job Interview

Though BA job interviews  may vary based on the nature of the company, there are certain variables you can count on during these interviews.

For starters, a typical BA job description might look like this:

Effectively translate business needs to applications and operations. Challenge cross company units and provide the requirements for the R&D team. Use cases, surveys/scenarios analysis, and workflow analysis, evaluating information, focal point for internal and external customers, define users’ needs and convert to business cases.

The skills requirements for a business analyst are usually:

Leadership, Decision making, Conflict resolution, Presentation skills, Excellent verbal and written communication skills, Interpersonal communication skills, Analytical thinking, and negotiation skills.

Given these as our foundation, when you meet with the company’s interviewer, some questions you may expect would be:

  • Describe your responsibilities as a business analyst in your last job.
  • For reporting requirements, how do you decide on the report-frequency, update-frequency and user-needs based on the objectives you want to achieve for that report?
  • Can you list the desired skills needed to perform effectively as a Business Analyst?
  • If two companies are merging, can you explain how you would implement certain tasks to make this merge successful?
  • Have you been responsible for assigning tasks to testers and how were you required to integrate the results found? How do you coordinate these responsibilities with the team and your management?
  • Can you explain the term “push back” in relation to business users and what this means to you?
  • When working on a project at what point would the requirements of a Traceability Matrix be implemented and for what purpose?
  • For process testing, can you explain the role of the Business Analyst?
  • When working with specific document requirements, can you explain or define the steps to create Use Cases?
  • At what point of a project is the Use Case inventory complete? What are the next steps in the project phase?

In addition, during the course of the interview, you may be expected to understand and speak proficiently about the following terms:

  • UML modeling
  • GAP analysis
  • SDLC methodologies
  • Traceability Matrix
  • RUP, Rational Unified Process, implementation.
  • UI Designs and UI Design Patterns
  • System Design Document (SDD)
  • Requirement Management Tool, Requirements Modeling
  • Use Case and Test Case
  • Risk Management
  • Business plan
  • Data mapping
  • Black box testing and White box testing
  • Push Back from Business Users
  • Interface / Integration
  • Eliciting Requirements 
  • Functional requirements: FSD(Functional Spec document) or FRS/MRD
  • End user support and user acceptance testing (UAT)
  • Validation of the requirements

Your interviewer is ultimately looking for proof that you know the ropes, can keep up with the fast-paced world of Business Analysis, and need little training to get up to speed on what is expected of you.

If you need help preparing for a BA job interview, register for my live event On the BA Job Market: How to Interview with Expertise, Communicate Your Business Analyst Skills, and Leave a Standout Impression, happening January 11, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Matthews East, Charlotte, North Carolina. Register here.

One response to “Navigating a BA Job Interview”

  1. […] to come up with a list of test scripts that would need to be run. My list counted 13 scripts. Most interview candidates had somewhere between 8-10 scripts. I thought that was acceptable considering they were […]

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